Happy Independence Day! Enjoy your day of freedom, fun, food, family, friends, fireworks, and, of course, baseball!
Did you know that 110 years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first team to host a 4th of July fireworks display? According to ESPN.com, Pirates’ owner Barney Dreyfuss scheduled the fireworks show to take place after a July 4 doubleheader, just days after the opening of Forbes Field on June 30, 1909. Nearly 40,000 fans were in attendance. Upon the 100th anniversary of the opening of Forbes Field, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the event, “the altar upon which the marriage of baseball and fireworks was consummated.”